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The Bay Tree, Burford, Cotswolds
With bags of style and history, this charming boutique hotel is well located on a quiet side street in famously pretty Burford, seemingly a world away from the crowds that descend on the busy high street. With its gables and mullion windows, the main building is a handsome 17th-century townhouse which stands on the site of a property that belonged to Lawrence Tanfield, James I's Baron of the Exchequer. There's a clever balance of ancient and modern here: big fireplaces, exposed-stone walls and flagstone floors resonate with the Bay Tree's past while more recent additions include a spacious, conservatory-style extension that houses the restaurant. Squishy sofas and armchairs to curl up in contribute to a relaxing vibe while wonderful sketches and paintings on the walls add arty panache.
We loved the creaky old George Antiques store on the high street: the stalls inside are brilliant for browsing and the building itself exudes history - it dates from the 1400s and for centuries was an important coaching inn.
Burford is a pretty town, considered the 'Gatesway to the Cotswolds'. Visit a tearoom, antique shop or visit The Tolsey Museum.
By car: around 2 hours from London and 1 hour 15 minutes from Bristol. Free parking available.
By train: there are direct trains to Kingham from Oxford (25 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 30 minutes). The hotel is a 15-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This hotel suits romantics, couples, visitors with dogs and families. We loved the art on the walls - the Kat Lightfoot oils of cows and sheep are especially striking.
Service & Facilities
There are eclectic books and games in the snug library.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs may stay in the Garden rooms and can accompany owners when they eat in the bar.
The Oak Room has a lounge and spa bath. Amenities include delicious Artisan Co coffee blends with accompanying chocolates.
Classic, Classic Garden, Superior, Superior Garden, Deluxe, Tanfield, Oak
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Molten Brown toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, espresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Bar nibbles include smoked almonds and truffle popcorn. We recommend the salmon and n'duja fishcakes with rich lobster sauce and fennel and apple salad.
The Restaurant: classic British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Mains include guinea fowl, venison loin and beef wellington. All-day menu, open daily.
The Bar: cosy armchairs and log fire. Local ciders and ales. Bar snacks and nibbles available. Open Mon-Sat from 10am, Sun from 11am.